Below is a half-hour segment from KSTP, hosted by Joe Schmidt, titled Keeping Kirby Puckett.
The Puckett feature picks up at around the 50-second mark. Commercials were not edited out of this video, but that may be more of a feature than a flaw in this case. This YouTube channel, tcmedianow, has loads of old TV news segments like this.
Included in the video are reactions from Kent Hrbek, Twins fans at Joe Senser’s and a nice look back at his career up to that point that includes all of his “greatest hits.”
Sidenote: Looking back at this really hammers home how much consistency there's been with the sports media in the Twin Cities. Along with Schmidt, there’s also an appearance from Patrick Ruesse. Speaking of which, here’s wishing Sid Hartman a very happy 100th birthday. Wow.
Anyway, I guess we’ll stick with the theme of “Keeping Kirby Puckett” because there are so many things as Twins fans we want to keep and hold dearly in regard to Kirby, but plenty others we’d rather not.
Watching any coverage of Puckett now, with the benefit of hindsight, always results in a few cringes. The revelations regarding his conduct off the field, particularly his relationships and conduct toward women, were utterly shocking. That was all well-documented in George Dohrmann’s The Rise and Fall of Kirby Puckett for Sports Illustrated back in 2003.
I don’t want to dive too deeply into that topic, maybe another time, but it’s interesting to note that in this video there’s both a mention of Kirby being voted the classiest player in all of baseball and an interview where he rejects the idea that he should be looked up to as a hero.
It’s difficult for me to touch on Puckett without things getting a little heavy, but let’s finish with something to lighten up the mood. Here’s a fun video of some of his teammates and coaches questioning the authenticity of his Starting Lineup figure:
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